Workers were still cleaning up a train derailment Friday afternoon that occurred Monday morning, April 19, in Williams County.
Tim Jonovich, director of the Williams County Emergency Management Agency, said the biggest challenge presented by the derailment was seven damaged tank cars that were leaking ethanol into a ditch along the tracks.
The leaking tankers forced the evacuation of 25 to 30 homes for a few hours.
The derailment occurred about 9:22 am between Williams County roads 8 and 9, near the community of Melbern.
Thirty-nine cars of the eastbound 89-car train derailed, said Rudy Husband, NS director of public relations.
There were 18 tank cars, with seven leaking ethanol along the track.
About 80,000 gallons was lost, said Jonovich. There were no injuries.
Special chemical absorbing booms were deployed to catch and collect the alcohol. Later, special vacuum trucks removed what had been spilled.
The Edgerton Fire Department was the first on the scene and requested the Bryan Fire Department hazardous materials unit.
Other departments responding included Montpelier, Florence and Brady townships, Hicksville, and Butler, Ind.
Norfolk Southern restored traffic on the two-track main line by 8 pm, Tuesday, April 20.
The Williams County incident is the third derailment within a 30-mile area so far this year.
“There is no connection in the derailments,” Husband
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